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    Rima Flaihan: Islam Army leader kidnapped Razan Zaitouneh

    Zaman Alwasl | 2013-12-11
    Rima Flaihan: Islam Army leader kidnapped Razan Zaitouneh


    Opposition coalition member Rima Flaihan has accused Islam Army leader of kidnapping Razan Zaitouneh in a letter submitted to the coalition members, Zaman Alwasl source said.

    The prominent Syrian human rights lawyer who went into hiding for her widely publicized work on atrocities committed by Bashar al-Assad's forces, has been kidnapped in a rebel-held city near Damascus, activists said on Tuesday.

    Flaihan Assured that Sheikh Zahran Alloush group had threatened Zaitouneh, ‘’ I was in daily touch with Razan; I know she is kidnapped by them despite their denial,’’ she added in her message.

    It was not clear who had taken the 36-year-old lawyer and members of her team who work to document human rights violations, according to the opposition-run Local Council for Douma, a town near Damascus where she lives that has been bombarded by Assad's forces, Reuters said.

    The council condemned "this treacherous and cowardly act, which resembles the work of the regime".

    The Local Coordination Committee, a countrywide network of opposition activists, said Zaitouneh had been abducted with her husband, Wael Hamada, and two colleagues, Samira Al Khalil and Nazem Al Hamadi.

    One activist, who asked to remain anonymous as the topic is sensitive, said that some opposition activists and rebels in Douma had criticized Zaitouneh.

    Rima Flaihan

    The lawyer had gone into hiding in March 2011 at the start of the uprising against Assad, fearing arrest, but continued her work, winning several awards.

    Syria's conflict began with peaceful protests and, when these were violently suppressed, developed into an armed insurrection.

    Armed groups - including hardline Islamist groups, criminals and Western-backed rebels - have taken control of large swathes of Syria and more than 100,000 people have been killed, but the fighting has broadly settled into a stalemate. (With Reuters)

     

     

     


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